FTI Consulting adds experienced advisors in Dubai and Australia

16 August 2017 Consultancy.uk

FTI Consulting has recently added two experienced advisors to its senior ranks. Yaser Dajani joined in the Middle East from risk consultancy Kroll, while in Australia Kate Warwick has been hired from Big Four firm PwC. 

Yaser Dajani specialises in the management of complex, cross-border transactional and non-transactional business intelligence assignments. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, he was Managing Director of Kroll Middle East and Head of Kroll’s Dubai office, and he oversaw the expansion of Kroll’s forensic investigation and business intelligence team in Dubai. Dajani previously was a senior member of the Corporate Investigations practice for Control Risks, and served economics consultancy Adam Smith International. 

He is renowned as a leading expert in internal forensic investigations, focusing on corporate misconduct and financial manipulation and employee wrongdoing such as fraud, corruption, gross embezzlement and conflicts of interest. He has acted as an expert witness in numerous criminal proceedings in the Gulf dealing with the most sensitive and high-profile assignments in the region. Dajani also is an expert in dispute advisory and litigation-support, asset-tracing and recovery projects, and has worked on a range of anti-counterfeit projects, particularly within the fast-moving consumer goods and electronics sectors. He has spent more than a decade in the United Arab Emirates, covering all jurisdictions across the Middle East and North Africa region, with a particular focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

Dajani, who holds a master’s degree in law and security from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in political studies from George Mason University, has been named a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Global Risk & Investigations practice, an arm within its Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. “The regulatory environment in the Middle East is complex and continually evolving. Yaser is an excellent addition to our team and will build a practice with local market knowledge that will bring real value to our clients in the region, whether they are local Middle Eastern businesses or global organisations”, said Michael Pace, Global Leader of FTI Consulting’s Global Risk & Investigations practice. 

Yaser Dajani, Kate Warwick, Michael Pace and Steven Gunby

Kate Warwick, who is based in Melbourne, Australia, joined from PwC, where she led the Retail & Consumer unit of the Australian Deals team. At FTI Consulting, she will as a Senior Managing Director lead the firm’s Australian Retail & Consumer Products practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of restructuring and turnaround management, corporate finance and performance improvement. She specialises in advising and working with boards, shareholders, senior management and other stakeholders to maximise value and manage and mitigate risk.

Warwick’s retail and consumer clients include specialty, apparel, footwear, electronics, furniture and food and beverage companies. She has worked with some of Australia’s largest retailers with onshore and offshore operations, as well as with UK operators on complex restructurings and business transformations, supporting these businesses as they transform their business practices, regenerate revenue streams, reduce costs and unlock cash across their operations.

“Kate bring decades of expertise from across the diverse landscape of retail and consumer-oriented companies, enhancing our strength in the industry and positioning us to assist retailers with their complex go-to-market opportunities”, remarked Steven Gunby, Chief Executive Officer of FTI Consulting.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.